DTP officials have already hinted that the April deadline may be negotiable, but MWAA probably will face public pressure to not yield.Also revealed in the article is the fact that MWAA actually approved the installation of the speakers at all the stations that have now been found to not be up to code.
(MWAA Project Manager Pat) Nowakowski said that the station speakers, for example, were approved for installation as part of the project’s design review process and that similar equipment is used in the current Metro system. But state inspectors said they could not approve them for use because they do not meet code requirements.Do neither MWAA nor Bechtel et al know what state construction codes call for? How are they allowed to manage or build a multi-billion project if they don't even know the basic rules? Errors, even incompetence, all around.
Click here to read the rest of this article on the discussion of the Silver Line at MWAA's Board meeting yesterday.
Of course, DTP--Bechtel and it co-conspirators--would like MWAA to give them a break in their failed railway construction effort. And MWAA is just the organization to do that because it has so little skin in the game--a less than 5% share of construction costs. Instead, MWAA and its "funding partners"--the Board of Supervisors of Fairfax and Loudoun counties--have shifted over half the cost of construction to Dulles Toll Road users. That could mean greater increases in tolls than are already anticipated.